DyKnow

Classroom management & student behavior monitoring software

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DyKnow Overview

What is DyKnow?

DyKnow is a cloud-based classroom management software that monitors students’ devices including PCs, Chromebooks, iPads, and Macbooks to generate insights on their classroom behavior. The tool helps teachers check on students’ Internet usage in classrooms and improve their classroom performance. The application provides an option for teachers to block certain websites or other web content that they think is objectionable or distracting, and should not be accessed by students.

DyKnow helps teachers prepare assessments and tests for students. Teachers can select questions for the test from the software database. The database provides multiple sets of questions with different difficulty levels for each subject. The software provides an option for teachers to release answer keys just after the assessment or hold Q&A sessions with students to discuss their test performance. The application offers online tutorials for different subjects with sample question sets and key mark-up questions for students to prepare for their annual assessments.

DyKnow helps teachers prepare interactive learning content for students using different techniques. Teachers can prepare PowerPoint presentations using SmartArt and graphics from the software’s database. DyKnow has an activity dashboard that monitors students’ activity during a classroom session. The dashboard provides daily or weekly reports on how students use their laptops or iPads and how much time they spent on lessons and tutorials. Teachers can use these reports while assessing students’ performance in tests, and then take corrective actions.

DyKnow is primarily used by individual classrooms and large district schools around the world.

DyKnow Overview

Pricing

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Pricing options

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Value for money

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DyKnow Features

Devices
Business size
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Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

The tool offers class and student analytics dashboards
The software helps users to create 'blocking plans' to block students from accessing distracting social networking sites
The software sends messages to students after locking the screen
Users can create new application blocking plans
Users can request files from workstations, to be downloaded on to students' screen
Users can share result sheets with students using chat tool
DyKnow video DyKnow screenshot: The tool offers class and student analytics dashboards DyKnow screenshot: The software helps users to create 'blocking plans' to block students from accessing distracting social networking sites DyKnow screenshot: The software sends messages to students after locking the screen DyKnow screenshot: Users can create new application blocking plans DyKnow screenshot: Users can request files from workstations, to be downloaded on to students' screen DyKnow screenshot: Users can share result sheets with students using chat tool

DyKnow Reviews

DyKnow Reviews

Overall rating
4,3
/
5
Excellent
57

Very good
55

Average
12

Poor
2

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4,4
Features
4,1
Ease of Use
4,5
Customer Support
4,5
88% recommended this app
April B.

I was easily able to track my students devices and block certain webpages that I found not...

I benefited from this software by easily being able to blow websites that interfered with my students coursework or would distract them.


Anthony B.

Great for monitoring, could be better when it comes to action

Works great for helping teachers monitor student behavior on chromebooks. The two main flaws that I have noticed are:
1) If a student downloads a chrome extension (many games are available this way), it does not show up on the monitoring screen, but rather says "Out of Browser". Teachers are unable to block these activities.
2) Teachers cannot take over individual student screens. The ability to take over an individual student's screen and click on the correct link (or links) for them would allow for redirection or assistance without hassle. This would also help alleviate the above issue, as it would allow teachers to manually "x out" gaming apps.
Other than these two issues, I enjoy using Dyknow and trauly believe that it holds students accountable for their actions on the Chromebook.


Tori H.

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While I like the features that Dyknow has when it comes to monitoring my classroom activities, I get extremely frustrated with Dyknow on the days that it doesn't work. There were multiple times over the year where I relied on Dyknow to act as a blocking software while my students were taking a quiz or a test and Dyknow failed to perform. Multiple times I received errors that Dyknow couldn't load or couldn't find the students it was supposed to be monitoring which left me at a disadvantage when it came to creating successful blocking plans that accomplished the tasks I needed them to. I also wish Dyknow had a feature where I could set it to automatically begin monitoring my class at certain times - because it has to be open in a separate tab and I have to remember to begin the monitoring in addition to everything else I have to do, there were many times where I didn't set it to monitor my class. Since it doesn't build a record for that student unless I remember to start monitoring, this meant I didn't have a record for many days in the social studies classroom. Would love to see an adjustment where I can sync it with a daily schedule and set it to start monitoring at specific times.


Chelsea L.

Helpful, Functional, and Fun


Verified Reviewer

Classroom lecture management made easy


April B.

I was easily able to track my students devices and block certain webpages that I found not suitable.

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/03/27
Review Source: Capterra

I benefited from this software by easily being able to blow websites that interfered with my students coursework or would distract them.

Pros

I really enjoy the fact that I can monitor students on their devices by using the classroom analytics feature which allows me to view the history of student activity on a specific day. This tool also allows me to go back and see which students were off task and which were actually paying attention.

Cons

The biggest problem I have found with this software is the fact that students cane easily bypass the software by downloading extensions within the browser that will allow them to play games, but will not show up on my monitoring screen. I also often receive errors from the software saying that it can not be loaded at that time.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Anthony B.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 10 000+ Employees

Great for monitoring, could be better when it comes to action

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/03/17
Review Source: Capterra

Works great for helping teachers monitor student behavior on chromebooks. The two main flaws that I have noticed are:
1) If a student downloads a chrome extension (many games are available this way), it does not show up on the monitoring screen, but rather says "Out of Browser". Teachers are unable to block these activities.
2) Teachers cannot take over individual student screens. The ability to take over an individual student's screen and click on the correct link (or links) for them would allow for redirection or assistance without hassle. This would also help alleviate the above issue, as it would allow teachers to manually "x out" gaming apps.
Other than these two issues, I enjoy using Dyknow and trauly believe that it holds students accountable for their actions on the Chromebook.

Pros

Holds students accountable, allows me to multitask.

Cons

No manual takeover, no way to combat gaming through web extensions

Response from DyKnow

Hi Anthony! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. As for the extensions on student devices, it's our best practice for the campus to prevent this at the Google Admin level. If that's not the case, an "Allow Only" plan with the websites your students should be using will prevent access to all extensions. Add "Web Browsers" as an application to your Allow Only plan. Thanks for the idea about taking "remote control" of student devices! We will share this with our Product Manager.

Here's a "how to" article for building an Allow Only blocking plan: https://support.dyknow.com/hc/en-us/articles/204065406

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Tori H.

Dyknow Review

Reviewed on 2017/03/17
Review Source: Capterra

While I like the features that Dyknow has when it comes to monitoring my classroom activities, I get extremely frustrated with Dyknow on the days that it doesn't work. There were multiple times over the year where I relied on Dyknow to act as a blocking software while my students were taking a quiz or a test and Dyknow failed to perform. Multiple times I received errors that Dyknow couldn't load or couldn't find the students it was supposed to be monitoring which left me at a disadvantage when it came to creating successful blocking plans that accomplished the tasks I needed them to. I also wish Dyknow had a feature where I could set it to automatically begin monitoring my class at certain times - because it has to be open in a separate tab and I have to remember to begin the monitoring in addition to everything else I have to do, there were many times where I didn't set it to monitor my class. Since it doesn't build a record for that student unless I remember to start monitoring, this meant I didn't have a record for many days in the social studies classroom. Would love to see an adjustment where I can sync it with a daily schedule and set it to start monitoring at specific times.

Pros

Easy to use
Blocking plans were easy to set up

Cons

A lot of error messages or instances where Dyknow failed to load or quit part of the way through a class it was supposed to be monitoring
Errors where having Dyknow running and blocking activity on student laptops led to programs they were using refusing to let them type in text boxes
Time consuming to have to uncheck every student when attempting to establish segmented blocking - wish it started with no students checked and allowed me to check just the one or two who needed to be blocked

Response from DyKnow

Hi Tori,

Thanks so much for taking the time to share. We've been doing lots of work on our servers to keep improving them for our customers! We also love the idea of DyKnow automatically starting to monitor. We will share this with our Product Manager for future work!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 5.0/10

Chelsea L.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Helpful, Functional, and Fun

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/12/05
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I love that this software is easy to use and functional in the classroom. DyKnow truly has made a difference in my classroom. Not only is it helpful in monitoring and limiting computer use, but it also helps keep students engaged. The feature where you can poll the audience, check for understanding, and send the students to a certain website by opening it on the computer has really revolutionized the way I teach. It has also saved classroom time. Instead of waiting for students to type a URL, find a website, etc. I can just open it on their computer screen and not have any troubleshooting.

Cons

The hardest thing about this software is really just user error. I sometimes forget to end and start the monitoring each class period. I wish there was a way to set time parameters and have it automatically end and stop class periods according our bell schedule.

Response from DyKnow

Hi Chelsea! Thanks so much for leaving your kind feedback :) It's actually on our short term roadmap to release the ability to automatically monitor ;) We'll be in touch about that soon! -Abbey

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: Self Employed

Classroom lecture management made easy

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/08/23
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Technology can either be a distraction in a classroom if students are using them in non-productive ways, yet they can be a boon if they can be used properly in a classroom setting. Dyknow is a tool that helps point tech in the classroom towards the latter, more helpful outcome. It provides many useful tools for monitoring students, delivering lectures, and student engagement. Since Dyknow is cross-platform, it can be deployed on school computers as well as a variety of personal devices owned by students.

Cons

Students will try their hardest to work around Dyknow monitoring. In environments where students have Dyknow installed on their computer, reliability can be spotty, cutting into class time while trying to diagnose certain problems.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
8,8/10
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DyKnow Pricing

DyKnow Pricing

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Free Trial
Value for money

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Value for Money
4,4/5
Based on 127 user ratings
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DyKnow Features

DyKnow Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customizable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
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Additional information for DyKnow

Additional information for DyKnow

Key features of DyKnow

  • Activity monitoring
  • Ad hoc analysis
  • Assessment management
  • Blocking Plan to restrict site access
  • Class scheduling
  • Communication management
  • Compliance management
  • Content filtering
  • Data Import/Export
  • Group scheduling
  • Learning management
  • Permission management
  • Personalized profiles
  • Real Time monitoring
  • Real Time reporting
  • Records management
  • Role-based permissions
  • Skills assessment
  • Text analysis
  • User access controls
  • Watch list

Benefits

• DyKnow provides real-time updates to teachers about the time spent by students on social networking sites against the total time spent on the internet.

• The software allows teachers to grade students’ performance and benchmark every student’s performance against the top performer.

• The dashboard provides customized reports on each student and monitors his or her daily activities and the total time spent on reading lectures and notes.

• The software records the time spent by students in completing assignments and can report on which questions students tended to struggled with.

• The application allows teachers to prepare their own videos or embed videos from other websites to create online tutorials for students.

DyKnow FAQs

DyKnow FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for DyKnow.

Q. What type of pricing plans does DyKnow offer?

DyKnow offers the following pricing plans:

Free Trial: Available

Contact DyKnow for pricing details

Q. What are the main features of DyKnow?

DyKnow offers the following features:

  • Activity monitoring
  • Ad hoc analysis
  • Assessment management
  • Blocking Plan to restrict site access
  • Class scheduling
  • Communication management
  • Compliance management
  • Content filtering
  • Data Import/Export
  • Group scheduling
  • Learning management
  • Permission management
  • Personalized profiles
  • Real Time monitoring
  • Real Time reporting
  • Records management
  • Role-based permissions
  • Skills assessment
  • Text analysis
  • User access controls
  • Watch list

Q. Who are the typical users of DyKnow?

DyKnow has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does DyKnow support?

DyKnow supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does DyKnow offer?

We do not have any information about what DyKnow pricing plans

Q. Does DyKnow support mobile devices?

DyKnow supports the following devices:

iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does DyKnow integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations DyKnow has

Q. What level of support does DyKnow offer?

DyKnow offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials